WASHINGTON – The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iranian-Americans whose loved ones are facing a humanitarian crisis as refugees in Camp Liberty in Iraq, welcomes the reported decision by Secretary Hillary Clinton to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
The delisting of the MEK, which all patriotic Iranians in Iran and across the globe, as well the US Congress and a stellar roster of the most senior US national security and political leaders had called for, was long overdue. Nevertheless, it will go a long way to remove obstacles placed on the path of Iran’s principal opposition movement to realize its ultimate goal of bringing about democratic change in Iran.
As much as the designation has helped the Iranian regime’s allies in Iraq to murder our family members there, the delisting will greatly facilitate a safe, secure, and peaceful resettlement of our loved ones in Camp Liberty to third countries.
Now, this dark chapter of appeasing the mullahs in Tehran behind it, the United States’ efforts must focus on fulfilling its “commitment to support the safety and security of the residents throughout the process of their relocation outside of Iraq,” as stated by the August 29, 2012 statement of the State Department’s Spokesperson.